In August 1987, the Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Committee identified a community center as a definite need in the community - one which would incorporate the needs of the cultural community, conventioneers, senior citizens, and youth groups. In January, 1988, the Montrose City Council adopted a resolution, appointing a steering advisory committee to gather data, assemble information, and make recommendations. On June 16, 1988, the Advisory Committee presented the City Council with a final report containing their recommendations and action plan for council consideration.

Funding, Donations, & Design
Most of the funding for the Pavilion was derived from sales tax revenue bonds, with the remainder obtained through grants and local fundraising. Property for the facility was donated by a consortium of landowners. Architect Patrick Davis was retained in October, 1988, to design the facility which now houses a performing arts center, meeting space, conference and banquet areas, and a senior citizen’s center. The official groundbreaking for the Pavilion was held on September 5, 1989.